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Standards for Ohio WIA Youth Programs

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									                                          Standards and Criteria for
                                          Ohio WIA Youth Programs

Standard 1: Program Design
Youth programs are strategically designed to lead to specific positive outcomes for
youth.

Criteria
       A. Youth Development
               i. Implementation of all WIA program elements for youth provided
                  by the program is consistent with statute and regulation.
              ii. The program contributes to the overall goals of WIA: preparing
                  youth for self-sufficiency through employment and preparation
                  for further education.
            iii. Youth are actively and meaningfully involved in the design of
                  the program.
             iv.  The program provides youth with opportunities to make
                  contributions to their community.
              v.  Program activities are developmentally appropriate for the
                  population served.
       B. Evidence-Based Practices
               i. Program activities incorporate evidence-based youth
                  development practices.
              ii. If the program replicates another program, there is a high level of
                  fidelity to the original effective model.
       C. Assessment Practices
               i. The program conducts regular assessments to track youth’s
                  progress.
              ii. The program uses assessments that are appropriate for the
                  population served.
            iii. Literacy and numeracy assessments have been crosswalked to
                  the National Reporting System’s Educational Functioning
                  Levels.
             iv.  The program uses appropriate adaptations when administering
                  assessments to youth with disabilities.
              v.  The program’s assessment processes are youth-friendly.
             vi.  The purpose of any assessment used is shared with youth.
            vii.  The results of assessments are used appropriately.
           viii. The results of assessments are shared with youth.
             ix. The results of assessments are used to develop youth’s Individual
                  Service Strategies.
              x. The results of assessments are used for continuous program
                  improvement.



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Standard 2: Program Implementation:
Youth programs are carried out in a way that is consistent with the goals of the
program and of WIA.

Criteria
       A. Population Served
              i. At least 95% of participants served by the program with WIA
                 funds are WIA-eligible youth.
             ii. The program has specific outreach and engagement strategies
                 targeted toward the “neediest youth.”
            iii. The program documents referrals for youth who do not meet
                 program enrollment requirements.
            iv. If the program does not target a specific population (pregnant or
                 parenting youth, youth in foster care, youth offenders, etc.), the
                 demographics of the program reflect the demographics of the local
                 WIA-eligible population.
       B. Number of Youth Served
              i.   The program serves a significant number of youth in comparison
                   to the number of eligible youth in the local area.
       C. Adult Staff
              i.   Adult staff members are qualified youth workers, either by
                   training or experience or both.
             ii.   Adult staff members demonstrate youth cultural competence.
       D. Environment1
              i.   The program provides an environment in which youth are
                   respected.
             ii.   The program provides a safe environment for youth.
            iii. The program provides an environment in which discrimination of
                   any type is not tolerated.
            iv.    The program has clear standards for behavior.
             v.    The program enforces standards consistently.
            vi.    Youth are meaningfully and actively involved in the
                   implementation of the program.
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               Adapted from National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) PEPNet
             Quality Standards

       E. Use of Resources
              i. Leverages resources from a variety of sources to implement
                 program.
             ii. Sees resources as more than funding, e.g. space, people,
                 transportation, in-kind donations.
            iii. Links youth to the One-Stop system by increasing participants'
                 awareness of facilities and services and promoting access to the
                 system.




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Standard 3: Program Results
Youth programs demonstrate effectiveness through measurable outcomes.

Criteria
       A. Clearly Defined Outcomes
               i.   The program clearly states the changes that will occur for youth
                    as a result of participating in the program.
              ii.   The program outcomes represent significant gains for youth in
                    academic and workplace knowledge and skills.
             iii. The program outcomes can be attributed to the activities
                    provided by the program.
             iv.    The program outcomes are readily available to program staff.
              v.    The program outcomes are readily available to youth
                    participants.
       B. Measurability of Outcomes
               i. The program outcomes are measurable.
              ii. The program outcomes can be measured based on data collected
                  from individual participants during the program period.
       C. Meaningfulness of Outcomes
               i. The program’s outcomes lead to participants being more equipped
                  to make a successful transition to education and the workforce.
       D. Appropriateness of Outcomes
               i. The program’s outcomes can reasonably be attributed to program
                  activities.
              ii. The program’s outcomes can be measured within the program
                  period.
             iii. The program’s outcomes contribute to longer-term WIA
                  performance measures.
       E. Achievement of Outcomes
               i. The program demonstrates success through achievement of
                  program outcomes.
              ii. The program demonstrates success with a significant number of
                  participants.
             iii. The program gathers and reports relevant data to show outcomes
                  have been met.
             iv. The program shares outcome data with participants.
              v. The program shares outcome data with other stakeholders.




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